A fast-moving storm with destructive hail and wind gusts blew through Chicagoland Thursday evening. Photos of hailstones on the ground -- some said to be the size of golf balls -- gave the appeance of a snowstorm on the eve of July.
Hail stones in McKinley Park. [<A HREF="http://www.nbcchicago.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Photo-Disclaimer-124594444.html" TARGET="top">Disclaimer: Our use of user-contributed photos</A>]
Hail from the area around 18th and Ashland in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood.
Hailstones from Bridgeport next to a quarter.
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Lightning strikes the Willis Tower.
Hailstones in West Town.
This hailstone fell near Cermak and Kedzie in the Little Village neighborhood.
Hailstone in McKinley Park. "I thought a truck hit my building," photographer David O'Malley said of the storm.
A tree fell on a car near Prospect Avenue at 101st Place in Beverly.
Lightning seen from Lake Point Tower
This large hailstone fell on Chicago's west side, near Western and Madison.
Hail recovered from a Pink Line platform while heading to the Loop.
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Hail collected from the Marquette Park neighborhood.
Hail dented car windshields in Chicago.
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Lightning in Bucktown
Lightning strikes in Logan Square
The view from a condo overlooking Lake Michigan and Waukegan Harbor